Life in the Junior School is very much a transitional period under the watchful guidance and tutelage of its head, Mr Cassidy. Life in Forms IV and V becomes a little tougher academically because of the immediacy of public exams, in the form of the UK’s first set of common benchmark tests -GCSE’s. Every student sits a number of core subjects including Maths, English and Science, and selects from a broad range of subjects to suit their talents; be it music, law or art.
The demands of the curriculum increase into Form V with the volume of work expected and indeed with the quality now wanted from exam boards and teachers. All Buckswood students should be aiming for the highest grades as possible. At Buckswood, we have developed a system of personalised learning support, which enables scholars to reach their potential. These include elements such as Access Time, when scholars can get extra help from subject tutors, BEST – the Buckswood Education Support Team and the VLE where scholars can access classroom learning aides and extra subject reading.
Form V form tutors, under the guidance of the Head of GCSE, Mr. Samson, monitor progress and performance, and provide support and guidance with regard to the next step – Life after GCSE’s – which invariably means Buckswood’s Sixth Form and an A Level programme.